EDISON - Pastor Terry Jones of the small, evangelical Dove World Outreach Center has said he would go ahead with plans to burn copies of Islam's holy book this weekend despite opposition from several world leaders.

Members of the U.S. government, religious leaders and worldwide celebrities have urged Jones and his congregation to call off the event.

The pistol-packing preacher says he has received more than 100 death threats after announcing that he would stage "International Burn-a-Quran Day."

Supporters have been mailing copies of the holy text to his church in Gainesville, Fla. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday.